The right of public access ‘Allemannsretten'

Norway and the island of Spitsbergen largely consist of vast stretches of untouched natural wilderness. These natural reserves are to be conserved without placing human contrivances like fences and signs. In Norway one is free roam about – unless signs explicitly say otherwise. This right of public access – ‘Allemannsretten’ in Norwegian – allows one to freely hike or camp in nature, e.g. at beaches, in the forest, in the mountains and in other uncultivated area’s. In cultivated area’s however one is not allowed to stay without permission from the landowner.

Cultivated area’s are mowing fields, pastures, newly planted forests and any other area where human presence could damage or impede the owner or tenant. In any case, any stay in nature needs to be carefully undertaken, ensuring that no damage is done to either nature or property. Wildlife and other people staying in the same area also need consideration. Between April 15th and September 15th lighting open fires in the outback is forbidden. More information is available at: 

Tungasletta 2, NO-7484 Trondheim
Tel. +47 73 58 05 00
Fax +47 73 58 05 01

In a national park, you are one of Nature’s guests

• Go wherever you want, on foot or on skis. Anything with an engine is basically banned.

• Stop wherever you want, and camp for the night if you wish, but tidy up afterwards and take your rubbish home.

• You may light a fire, but remember the general ban on fires in woodland between 15 April and 15 September. Show consideration when you gather firewood, do not fell old trees since they are important for insects and birds.

• You may pick berries, mushrooms and common plants for your own use. Show consideration for cultural heritage sites, vegetation and animal life. Take extra care in the breeding season.

• Hunting and fishing are allowed, as elsewhere. Remember to buy hunting and fishing licences. Do not use live fish as bait. You must not take live fish from one river or lake to another.

• You may have a dog with you, but remember to keep it on a leash (the boroughs have slightly different by-laws regarding this).

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